Cynthia S. Nicholson

Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Chair, Department of Language & Literature
Professor of English

Contact Information

(252) 398-6242

"Chowan University students are exposed to a college experience that will prepare them for life both academically and spiritually. This type of education allows students to gain the tools needed to fulfill their purpose. As an English professor, I take pride in challenging students to write their own story."

Education

  • PhD, English Education, Arizona State University
  • MA, English, Old Dominion University
  • MS, Education, Old Dominion University
  • BA, English, Newberry College

Courses Taught

  • African American Literature
  • Freshman Composition
  • Methods of Teaching High School Language Arts
  • World Literature
  • Young Adult Literature

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

  • Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year, Chowan University, 2015
    Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015         
    Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year, Chowan University, 2007

    Service
    Arizona State Literacy Team, Writer, Arizona Department of Education, 2011

    2010 AZ Reads English Language Arts Common Core Standards (High School), Trainer and Presenter, Arizona Department of Education, 2011

    Proposal Reviewer, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Division G: Social Contexts of Education, Section 3: Multiple Languages and Literacies, and Section 2: Multicultural Contexts, 2010

    Assessment Writer and Reviewer, Pearson and Arizona Department of Education – Arizona Instructional Measurement Standards Reading Test Bias Review Committee, 2010

    Site Team Member, AdvancED Accreditation – combined organization of North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE), 2011

    Curriculum and Instruction Committee Member, Tempe Union High School District, Tempe, Arizona, 2009 – 2011

    Co-Chair, Quality Enhancement Plan, Chowan University, 2007 – 2008

    Presentations
    Blasingame, James, Corrine Gordon, Cynthia S. Nicholson, and Wendy Williams.Full Steampunk Ahead: A National Consortium for Teaching Young Adult Literature through Technology, Panel Presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Las Vegas, NV, November 2012

    Nicholson, Cynthia S. and Charrai Hunter. Where Am I in the Text? Enhancing Student Literacy with YA Literature, Panel Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English, Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, February 2012

    Nicholson, Cynthia S. and Byron White. Back to the Basics: Renewing the Value of Effective Instructional Practices, Panel Presentation at Georgia Department of Education Collaborative for School Improvement Conference, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, December 2011 and March 2012

    Walsh, Laura and Cynthia S. Nicholson. Book of My Life: Using YA Literature to Promote Student Writing, Research and Discovery of Who They Are, Where They Come From, and Where They Are Going. Paper Presentation at Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL, November 2011

    Nicholson, Cynthia S. Finding Space, Finding Voice: The Racial, Ethnic, and Spiritual Identity of African American Students in the Urban Southwest, Paper Presentation at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2011

    Nicholson, Cynthia S. Do I really matter? Issues of Language and Literacy Among African American Students in a Church Youth Program, Paper Presentation at Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Orlando, FL, November 2010

    Nicholson, Cynthia S. African American Literature in Review, Presentation for Chowan University Academic Outreach Series with Roanoke Rapids Public Schools, Roanoke Rapids, NC, 2008

    Nicholson, Cynthia S. The Still Small Voice in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Paper Presentation held at Interdisciplinary Symposium on the American South, Chowan University, 2007

    Publications
    Nicholson, Cynthia S. “That’s Not My Name! What YA Authors Can Teach about the Names of African American Students.” Authors: Alleen Pace Nilsen, James Blasingame, Kenneth Donnelson, and Don L. F. Nilsen. Literature for Today’s Young Adults. 9th Edition. Saddle River: Pearson, 2012

    Nicholson, Cynthia S. “Book Review: Harlem on Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth.” Arizona English Bulletin, 2011

    Professional Organizations
    National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
    Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
    Modern Language Association (MLA)
    South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
    College Language Association